19 Ways to Fire Up Your Grilling Skill

1. Get the grill really hot

Hot grill
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If you are using coals, they’ll need at least 15 minutes to get hot enough for cooking. Perfect coals have a cherry-red glow, and at least 70 percent of them will be covered with ash.

Another way to tell if the coals are ready: Hold a hand about 4 inches above the grill grate and count, “one Mississippi, two Mississippi,” says Real Simple magazine. If you can only get to two or three Mississippis, you’ve got a hot fire — four to five means medium-high and eight to 10 means you’ve got a medium-low fire.

For the scientists among us, Eating Well magazine says:

  • High heat is 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Medium is 350-400 degrees.
  • Medium-low is 300-350 degrees.
  • Low is 250-300 degrees.

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